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Minimally Invasive Cardiac Services

Sometimes, exceptional heart care gets under your skin.

Tanner offers a wide range of services that enable its team of cardiac specialists to make accurate diagnoses, but sometimes the best way to find a problem is to take a closer look. Minimally invasive approaches either use the body’s existing openings, such as the mouth, or use tiny incisions that mean less pain, less risk of infection and less time to heal than other procedures.

Tanner’s minimally invasive cardiology services include a range of diagnostic tests and treatments, from transesophageal ultrasound (TEE), which allows cardiologists to take an image of your heart from inside your chest without requiring an incision and non-contrast magnetic resonance angiography, or MRA, to more advanced procedures like angiography, in which dye released from a catheter inside the body’s arteries enables a cardiac or vascular specialist to monitor the flow of blood, determine if there are any blockages in the arteries and, if so, how severe the blockages are.

Non-contrast MRA, which uses a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system’s powerful magnet to manipulate the iron in a patient’s blood, read how the iron responds and capture extremely detailed images — all without contrast and without radiation — is used to help diagnose a number of blood vessel conditions, including problems with the aorta and the blood vessels that supply all major organs and extremities. Similarly, cardiac MRI provides dynamic imaging, allowing physicians to see heart function and the structure of the heart as the heart moves — making diagnoses while watching the heart move with high-definition, almost real-time imaging.

Angiography — also called a cardiac cath or heart cath — is a test to check your heart and coronary arteries. Specifically, the procedure tests blood flow in the coronary arteries, as well as blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of the heart. This test can show how well the heart valves work and can check for any defects in the way the wall of the heart moves.

Invasive cardiology can also locate blockages in the arms and legs that cause peripheral artery disease and increase the risk of amputation. It can also be used to determine a patient’s risk of stroke if blockages are found in the arteries supplying the patient’s brain.

At Tanner, invasive cardiology is used to help make more accurate diagnoses, so each plan for care can be tailored to each individual patient and his or her unique needs.

Tanner’s invasive cardiac services include:

  • Diagnostic and interventional peripheral angiography
  • Permanent and temporary pacemaker implantation
  • Cardiac nuclear medicine (thallium cardiac imaging)

To find a cardiologist on Tanner's medical staff, click Our Team or call 770.214.CARE for a physician referral.

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